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Albert Einstein helps a young man who's in love with Einstein's niece to catch her attention by pretending temporarily to be a great physicist.

Release Year: 1994

Rating: 6.0/10 (12,768 voted)

Fred Schepisi

Stars: Tim Robbins, Meg Ryan, Walter Matthau

Edward Walters, an auto mechanic, falls for the intelligent and beautiful Catherine Boyd. It is love at first sight. There is however a problem, she's engaged to jerk James Moreland. Fortunately, Catherine's uncle likes Ed, and with his friends they scheme to make Catherine fall for Ed. The comedy in this movie stems from the fact that Catherine's uncle is none other than Albert Einstein, who's portrayed as a fun loving genius, as are his mischievous colleagues, Nathan, Kurt and Boris.

Writers: Andy Breckman, Andy Breckman


Tim Robbins

Ed Walters

Meg Ryan

Catherine Boyd

Walter Matthau

Albert Einstein

Lou Jacobi

Kurt Gödel

Gene Saks

Boris Podolsky

Joseph Maher

Nathan Liebknecht

Stephen Fry

James Moreland

Tony Shalhoub

Bob Rosetti

Frank Whaley


Charles Durning

Louis Bamberger

Keene Curtis


Alice Playten


Danny Zorn


Helen Hanft


Roger Berlind


With Einstein as Cupid what could possibly go wrong?

Release Date: 25 December 1994

Filming Locations: Cranbury, New Jersey, USA

Gross: $26,372,663

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Did You Know?


The line "Dago the front?" that Frankie says is a custom car term. "Dago" is from dago dropped axles made in San Diego, California. It's where the front end of the car is lower than the rear.


Double yellow highway center lines.


Albert Einstein:
Algae? This is a color?

User Review

I.Q. Is Excellent

Rating: 10/10

Maybe I'm being too generous with the rating…but I just love this
movie! I've seen it so many times, but every time I see it I fall in
love with it all over again. It's just a simple romantic comedy, with
nothing huge or monumentous that happens. But I'm a big romantic and
this movie *is* romantic. I love Meg Ryan and Tim Robbins, and Walter
Mathau is so funny. The scientists make me laugh so much…I definitely
recommend this movie to anyone who hasn't seen it. It's such a clean,
good movie – and those are so rare now! My 20-year-old brother likes
this movie, too, so it's not just a chick-flick. 😉 I recommend it if
you need to laugh, or if you're just lonely and need to *watch* a
romance, if you yourself can't participate in one. It's a good 'un!